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H.L. Mencken

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  • Say it ain't so

    Carol Saller has a disturbing post at Lingua Franca on difficult writers. It's quite a stunner. My experience has been almost exclusively with newspaper reporters, who display none of the obnoxious characteristics Ms. Saller describes. On the contrary,...
  • Wallis Warfield Simpson is the subject of yet another book

    It's a story that simply won't go away. It's an upper-class soap opera, and even after the passage of 75 years it still packs a sentimental punch and draws a willing audience into the glittering world of the British aristocracy. It is the saga of...
  • Preserving our past: Ownership isn't the issue

    Preserving our past: Ownership isn't the issue
    What is the future for Baltimore's city-owned historic properties? The Baltimore Sun has reported that Baltimore City is hiring an appraisal firm to determine the "market value" of 15 city-owned historic properties. Baltimore Heritage has asked...
  • Emily T. Taliaferro

    Emily T. Taliaferro, an artist and former Friends School tennis coach, died of stroke complications April 2 at Roland Park Place. She was 82. Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Raymond S. Tompkins, a Sun reporter and later an official of...
  • Stanley Harrison, Mencken scholar

    Stanley Harrison, Mencken scholar
    Stanley Harrison, a communications and writing teacher who edited a scholarly journal about H.L. Mencken, died of cardiac arrest after a stroke April 5 at the home of a friend in Miami Beach, Fla. He was 81 and lived in Florida and Woodbine. Born in East...
  • Urban 'pioneers' risk much for their 'hoods

    Urban 'pioneers' risk much for their 'hoods
    Chris Taylor peered down the street at the house. It was a vacant. And it was a problem. He'd been getting calls for weeks about this property, about the teenagers hanging out there, the drug dealing and prostitution. He dialed a number, placed his...
  • David R. Owen

    David R. Owen
    David Rogers Owen, an internationally known maritime lawyer and accomplished yachtsman, died Friday in his sleep of unknown causes at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. The longtime Riderwood resident was 97. "The death of David Owen is...
  • Warners sends out a big, fat 'Harry' farewell

    Warners sends out a big, fat 'Harry' farewell
    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" packs up a lot of troubles into its old kit bag of magic spells and evil ambitions — and the result is smiles, smiles, smiles. The supposedly last installment in Warner Bros.' big-screen "Harry Potter"...
  • Terrapin, anyone? Happy birthday, H.L. Mencken

    Terrapin, anyone? Happy birthday, H.L. Mencken
    It's Mencken's birthday, and everyone in the newsroom is starving for terrapin stew. And a beer. It took about three seconds to find some good Mencken writing on food and restaurants. He begins the essay "A Genial Restauranteur," from the collection...
  • The voice of reason

    The voice of reason
    H.L. Mencken once observed that newspapers, by nature, are bellicose and do not speak in support of anyone or anything unless they absolutely can't help it. There are any number of public figures in Maryland and beyond who would attest to this. But on...
  • In a word: Pellucid

    Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: PELLUCID The light shines through this word...
  • New history tea debuts at Ellicott City's Tea on the Tiber

    New history tea debuts at Ellicott City's Tea on the Tiber
    If you’re a history buff but don’t fancy walking up and down Ellicott City’s hills, take note of the new literary (and stationary) tour at Tea on the Tiber. Now you can have a seat and a sweet in the charming teahouse while listening to...